While Democrats and big business lobbyists are claiming that President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration is part of a plot against minorities, working class Americans in two industries are getting a much-needed wage increase in border states.
Texas construction companies are having to deal with a lack of illegal labor, which comprised nearly half of the industry, reported Fox News on Wednesday.
“Half of the workers in construction in Texas are undocumented,” Stan Marek, CEO of Marek Construction said to Fox News. “We do hear that there are a lot of undocumented workers that are leaving the state, going to other states that don’t have the anti-immigrant sentiment and many of them are going back to Mexico.”
Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies said that the cost of construction has increased by 30 percent because developers have had to increase wages to attract new American workers.
Farmers out in California also told NBC News that they are facing a shortage of undocumented workers from Central America and Mexico. A farmer, who grows kale, broccoli, and bok choy, said he now pays well above minimum wage, offers paid sick leave and vacation days, and even a 401k plan to lure new labor.
This new demand by employers to hire American labor and decent wages not only helps the local labor force but prevents the widespread abuse of undocumented immigrants that was prevalent in these industries. The Texas Tribune documented back in December how some employers would exploit illegal immigrants and how they were, as a whole, depressing wages in the market.
California farmers insist that they still cannot fill all the positions in their farms despite increasing wages for American workers, reported The Los Angeles Times.
Without an overabundant supply of authorized immigrants, some farmers insist that they will finally start mechanizing the industry and installing robots and machines to do the work they allege Americans don’t want to do. This would end the demand for illegal and low-skilled labor once and for all.